A feature of every August in the Ardenwald neighborhood just east of Sellwood is weekly concerts on Thursdays

DAVID F. ASHTON - The gazebo at Ardenwald Park is always the gathering place on Thursday evenings each August, for the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Concert Series.Neighbors of the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek neighborhood gathered once again on August 4 in Ardenwald Park, as they had for years — before the onset of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic — to enjoy live music and good times.

"This is the start of the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek August Concert Series — and, tonight, also a celebration of National Night Out for our neighborhood," explained Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association Co-chair Jeff Davis, who also coordinated the every-Thursday-evening concert series.

DAVID F. ASHTON - Helping celebrate the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek neighborhoods National Night Out at their first Thursday concert in August, were firefighters from Clackamas Fire District No. #1, Engine Company 302 - Robert Busch, Alex Gillette, and Lieutenant Pat DeLair. "And since we're also celebrating 'National Night Out' tonight, we're pleased that the Clackamas Fire Department and Milwaukie Police Department could come out here to say hi to everybody," Davis told THE BEE. "This 'National Night Out Against Crime' observance is particularly important, because it's an opportunity for neighbors to see one another after a two-year absence due to COVID. When neighbors get together in a relaxed social setting, it helps build a stronger sense of community here!"

With that, "The Nu Wavers" began their performance of "college radio classics, alternative, and mainstream rock".

On the successive Thursday evenings in August, audiences were treated to the music of "Mark Seymour and Friends", "Big Plans", and "Kathryn Grimm and the Blue Tools".

Beautiful warm summer evenings, good music, and families coming together for a concert took place each week last month in Ardenwald Park.

The boundaries of Ardenwald are carved from both the City of Portland and City of Milwaukie, with the county line running through the middle of this two-county neighborhood just east of Sellwood.

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